Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 30, 2020

Book Winner – Stargirl Giveaway – Saying Goodbye to Susan Jeffers – Kudos


Darlene Beck-Jacboson is the winner of Laurie Calkhoven’s ROOSEVELT BANKS – Congratulations!


It’s been 20 years since Jerry Spinelli’s STARGIRL hit the book shelves and over all those years there has been talk about a movie. Since I do Jerry’s website, I see the many emails he has received from Stargirl fans and have come to the conclusion that almost every girl, young or old identifies with her. Jerry found a way to make all of us relate to his main character causing all of us to find a little bit of Stargirl in ourselves. I think that is why it is such a memorial book.

I have an extra copy and thought I’d give it to one of you. If you leave a comment, share it on Facebook, Twitter,  reblog, or share on another social media platform. Even if you don’t win, pick it up in your library or book store. It is Jerry Spinelli at his best.

After twenty years Disney+ will be streaming the STARGIRL MOVIE on March 13th. I plan on signing up for a free trail, so I can watch. Here is the movie trailer to whet your appetite. See for yourself in the first Stargirl trailer below.

Not to be confused with the forthcoming DC Universe superhero series of the same name, Stargirl is a new Disney+ original movie adapted from Jerry Spinelli’s New York Times best-selling novel. The coming-of-age tale follows an introverted young man named Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) who likes flying under the radar. But when he meets an outgoing, quirky and confident new girl named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal), everything changes.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, Jerry will be doing a Book-signing at Norristown (PA) Elmwood Park Zoo Saturday February 29 at noon.


Obituary: Susan Jeffers

By Shannon Maughan Jan 28, 2020
Susan Jeffers, a Caldecott Honor winner and New York Times bestselling illustrator, died on January 22 after a brief illness. She was 77.

Jeffers was born on October 7, 1942 in New Jersey and grew up there, noting in a 1977 interview with Bookbird that her art career had its humble beginnings in “a tiny school in Oakland, N.J., when I was chosen to paint a history mural with the usual Egyptians harvesting in muddy tempera fields.” She additionally credits her artistic and “very kind” mother with teaching her about perspective and how to mix paint, skills that encouraged her to later choose Pratt Institute for her art education.

Jeffers graduated from Pratt in 1964 and worked in the children’s art departments of three different publishing houses, including Macmillan, doing everything from repairing type and pasting up illustrations to designing books and jackets. But her work on other illustrators’ books further fueled her passion to create a book of her own. With that goal in mind, she shifted into freelance work so she could focus on her own projects. Around that same time, in 1968, Jeffers began an art studio with fellow illustrator Rosemary Wells, where they largely did book and jacket design.

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Featured in 2011 on Illustrator Saturday.


Dena Rayess has been promoted to assistant editor at Chronicle Books.

Roseanne Wells has been promoted to agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Kaitlyn Johnson joined Belcastro Agency. She was previously with Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I LOVE Grace VanderWaal! I’m so excited about Stargirl. Thanks for sharing the info


  2. I’m sad to say I’ve never read Stargirl! This would be the perfect chance to catch up with a favorite of many. So sorry to hear about Susan Jeffers! Wow. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of ROOSEVELT BANKS! SO excited.


  4. I have not read Stargirl, but it is on my list to read! (if I don’t win) 😉


  5. I LOVED Stargirl. Great news about the movie. Thanks for the heads up.


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